FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nat Pernick, M.D.
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
15 August 2008: The Detroit College Promise, a nonprofit organization modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise, announces its formation and intent to begin providing college tuition scholarships to the Detroit Public Schools high school graduating class of 2010.
The scholarship program,
when fully funded, will be offered to every
The Detroit College Promise
hopes to emulate the success of the Kalamazoo Promise (https://www.kalamazoopromise.com)
which has led to increase in public school enrollment in
The Detroit College Promise has started obtaining pledges of financial support along two tracks. First, it is seeking 1000 or more pledges of support from individuals from $20 or more, so community residents feel invested in the program, and to demonstrate widespread support. Second, it is pursuing larger pledges from the business and non-profit community, to provide funding for the initial years and for an endowment that will support the program in perpetuity. Pernick indicated that “we need $500,000 in pledges to begin the program at a pilot high school(s). If this happens soon, we will start the program with this year’s graduating class. All funds raised will be sent to the colleges and universities for tuition. No money will be sent to parents, students, the Detroit Public Schools or other entities.” The Detroit College Promise is also seeking endorsements and other support from our political leaders.
Pernick noted that it is
important to make
The Detroit College Promise website, at www.DetroitCollegePromise.org, contains complete information about the scholarship and regularly updated news about its progress. It also contains suggestions for parental activity, in anticipation of the implementation of The Detroit College Promise.
For further information, please contact Dr. Nat Pernick at 248/646-0325 or NatPernick@Hotmail.com.
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